New York City had nothing on Hartford, Ct. Sunday as Hartford Stage supporters in two states celebrated big time when it came to the bouquet of Tony Awards gathered by “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.”
The play, which premiered at Hartford Stage before going on to Broadway, not only won best musical, but picked up three other precious Tony awards including “Best Direction of a Musical,” presented to Hartford’s Stage’s own Darko Tresnjak.
“I am overwhelmed,” said a tearful Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra as Tresnjak won his award early in the program. “Anyone who thinks the arts don’t have value, just come to Hartford,” he added later after GGTLM won the big prize, “best musical.” “I am so proud of my city.”
Segarra, with husband Charlie Ortiz and sister Miriam Charles-Flores, were joined what seemed to be the entire Hartford Stage staff, board members and supporters who ate dinner in front of a big screen tv at The Society Room. Among the longtime Hartford Stage fans who attended were Cheryl Chase, hubby Stuart Bear, and Belle Ribicoff.
“It doesn’t matter whether the play wins or loses tonight, it has to go to London,” said Ribicoff about the romp of a play about an aspiring earl who uses homicide as a means to his dream. “The Brits will get this play.”
Other awards picked up by GGTLM were “Best Book of a Musical” presented to Robert L. Freedman and “Best Costume Design of a Musical” presented to Linda Cho.
Chase and Bear had their own bragging to do as everyone waited for the awards show to start. Their niece, Sara Chase, daughter of Arnold and Sandy Chase, is one of the co-stars in a new NBC comedy series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” with Tina Fey and slated for the early 2015 season.
And their son-in-law, Ross Dyer, married to daughter Dara, will be one of the voices you hear on ESPN Radio broadcasting the World Cup games that begin June 12.
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